Vintage engagement rings have become a bit of an obsession for us of late. We love the unique shapes, colorful hues and handcrafted details, and in all our blissful hours of window-shopping through this realm, Victor Barboné Jewelry has stood out among the crowd. The truth is, vintage gems are all about character, and boy does VB have it! It truly helps to step back and learn why each ring is different (and what these fancy vintage jewelry terms mean). So we’re giving you a peek at some of the glossary terms on her website to help you stay in the know!
Vintage Engagement Rings 101
*Millegrain: A 19th century technique used to add texture to a piece through metalwork that creates rows of bead-like textures along the outer edge of the band, setting or other ridge-like feature on a ring.
*Filigree: One of the most delicate types of metalwork in jewelry, filigree can include small beading, twisted threads or a combo of both to produce artistic, often lace-like features in engagement rings.
*Hand Engraving: Can include leaf patterns, floral etching, scrolling patterns and personal messages on the inner or outer band.
*Victorian Era: Inspired by the tastes of Queen Victoria, engagement rings from this period feature a bold flair for the romantic and an homage to the beauty of the natural world.
*Edwardian Era: Known for its ornate and organic-inspired designs of wreaths, bows, and floral patterns.
*Art Deco Era: Combines its sleek aesthetic with a new sense of opulence. You’ll find many bold looks from this era, featuring clean geometric patterns and lines.
The owner, Andria, takes great care into showcasing the authentic beauty of these vintage engagement ring treasures, and the informative nature of her website pulls us in every time. Of course, the sparkly estate jewelry is the big eye-catcher! After all this learning, we think you deserve a treat. So check out the full collection here + don’t be afraid to give a little hint to your SO just in time for the holidays!
All photos by Sophie Kaye Photography
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